Wilder bravely took on the
challenge of making what is virtually a one-man film about Lindbergh's
celebrated solo transatlantic flight in May 1927.
Most of the movie - very uncharacteristically for its director - takes place in the cockpit of the eponymous monoplane, alleviated by flashbacks from time to time. Stewart, though, at 47 too old for the role of the 25-year-old pilot, manages to hold the attention, but, in the end, the long film becomes almost as tedious as the flight that inspired it.
Theatrical Release: April 20th, 1957
DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 5.99 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
|Subtitles||English, French, Spanish, None|
Perhaps the best image of the entire James Stewart Signature Collection boxset. Anamorphic in the impressive 2.35 ratio, progressive with excellent muted colors.
Supplements include some Premiere footage, a short and a Speedy Gonzales cartoon with a politically correct racial warning.
The film is a bit of a chore but again Stewart's charisma carries the load. Nothing notable to distinguish Wilder as the director.